Apparently, teaching the Constitution, being “worried about government spending, debt or taxes,” and wanting to “make America a better place to live” was sufficient to get one targeted by the IRS.
Consider the following recent comment from President Obama:
Unfortunately, you’ve grown up hearing voices that incessantly warn of government as nothing more than some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems. Some of these same voices also do their best to gum up the works. They’ll warn that tyranny always lurking just around the corner. You should reject these voices. Because what they suggest is that our brave, and creative, and unique experiment in self-rule is somehow just a sham with which we can’t be trusted.
In the context of the IRS scandal, how naïve does it seem to not maintain some form of healthy skepticism about the government? I don’t view government as “some separate, sinister entity that’s at the root of all our problems.” But I don’t view it as a nest of angels and demigods either.